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'All Our Sons': 9-11's Black Firemen Remembered

New York City firefighters were hailed as true heroes in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. But some families of fallen African-American firefighters feel their loved ones had been overlooked. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to filmmaker Lillian Benson about how she memorialized those men in her documentary All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.